Maoists threaten officials in Banke Bazar

GAYA: Posters threatening Banke Bazar block officials including the block development officer (BDO) and the accounts clerk of the block have appeared at several places in the area. Issued in the name of CPI (Maoists), the posters have directed the officials to distribute diesel subsidy among the farmers latest by November 16 or be ready to face the wrath of the extremist outfit. Banke Bazar block, part of Naxal-hit Sherghati sub-division, is regarded as the ‘liberated zone’ by the Maoists. The posters also threatened to blow up the Banke Bazar block office if the diktat was not followed in its totality.

Calling the posters a hoax, Gaya district magistrate Bandana Preyashi told TOI the threat has not been issued by the Naxals. Attributing the threat to the ploy used by ‘anti -social elements’ who claim diesel subsidy after the cut-off date, the DM said the farmers were under obligation to submit applications for diesel subsidy before October 31, 2012. Those who did not submit the applications within the stipulated time frame are now pressurizing the block officials to make subsidy payment. According to the DM, diesel subsidy to the tune of Rs 6.17 lakh had already been distributed among 839 beneficiaries in Banke Bazar block area. The district, according to the DM, had received Rs 4.07 crore for distribution of subsidy among the farmers. The entire amount stands distributed among 51,093 beneficiaries, said the DM. The state government had earlier promised diesel subsidy to fight the drought like situation in the first half of the monsoon.

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